Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Tuesday he’s awaiting a decision from the NFL as to whether his team’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be moved to another city or a day earlier this week because of Hurricane Irma.
Our final tier, quite simply, comprises those teams that have the best shot at winning with top-10 units on both sides of the ball. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it includes the two Super Bowl favorites and six of the nine teams with the best Super Bowl odds.
This file will be updated regularly from now through the start of the season, so you’ll have the latest info and analysis no matter when you draft — and we’ll keep adding new Insider content as it becomes available. (Most recent update: Sept. 1)
The Seahawks were Nike’s marquee team when the company took over the NFL’s uniform contract in 2012 (though the seemingly radical makeover the team received at the time feels rather tame by today’s standards), so it’s no surprise that Seattle has upgraded to Nike’s new template. In addition to swatting the Flywire, the new look allows the two side stripes to extend farther toward the center of the jersey.
One final Rams note: Newly acquired wideout Sammy Watkins has been wearing No. 2 during preseason games. That’s kosher in August, when the NFL relaxes its numbering requirements because of the large roster sizes, but Watkins will have to switch to something in the standard wide receiver numeral ranges — 10 through 19 and 80 through 89 — once the regular season starts.
Defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s prolonged holdout spilled into Wednesday, while the Los Angeles Rams prepared their game plan for Sunday’s season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.
Cam Newton has been a full participant in practice the past week as the Panthers began installing the game plan for San Francisco. AP Photo/John Raoux
Game Mens Breno Giacomini Jersey Newton had surgery on March 30 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. The 2015 NFL MVP was limited in throwing much of the first four weeks of training camp and played only one series — a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive — during the four preseason games.
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The staff was so confident with where Newton is medically that third-string quarterback Joe Webb was released on Saturday. Carolina still will carry three quarterbacks after claiming former University of Miami star Brad Kaaya following his release by Detroit.
But Kaaya was brought in to be developed for the future with backup Derek Anderson, 34, in the last year of his contract. Webb, 30, hadn’t taken an in-season snap at quarterback since he was at Minnesota in 2013.
General manager Marty Hurney said releasing Webb was tough because of his versatility and locker room presence. But he echoed Rivera’s sentiments on where Newton is.
We have been on a plan since training camp,” Hurney said. I think we feel very confident. We do feel very confident. Every day he takes more and more. He’s looked good. He’s felt good. We have a lot of confidence in him.”
Until Browns tight end Seth DeValve knelt in prayer with several Browns teammates during the national anthem before Monday’s preseason game, no other white NFL player had taken part in a national anthem protest.
But Jenkins also was one of the first players last season to join Kaepernick’s protest, by standing and raising his first during the anthem. He has continued to do it in preseason games this year 鈥?including Thursday’s home game, during which teammate Chris Long, a vocal supporter of the protests, stood next to him with his arm around his shoulder.
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I think it’s a good time for people that look like me to be there for people that are fighting for equality, Long told reporters. Long joined the Jets’ McCown as white NFL players who have publicly supported the cause of Jenkins and others.
Smith, who recently became an Eagles teammate of Jenkins (and has been a teammate of both Boldin and Kaepernick), has spoken often with the congressional representative from his former NFL home in Baltimore. He has been active in each community in which he’s played, and he has been the nominee for the Walter Payton award by the Ravens and 49ers.
There’s no reason to forget it now, with Kaepernick officially opting out of his contract. Delete all the personal feelings one way or the other about the protest, and what bubbles back up is how toxic things were between him and the team dating back to Jim Harbaugh’s last season as coach.
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This has been building for a while. Kneeling distracted everybody from it 鈥?in fact, it distracted everybody just months after the 49ers had shopped him around trying to satisfy his trade request.
These dollars will be put to go use in the relief and recovery efforts, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Monday, via NFL.com. We also hope our actions will encourage others to do whatever they can to help their neighbors in need right now. You know football, obviously, is important, but I think the most important thing right now is doing everything we can for our city.
I can tell you right now, we’re going to dedicate this season to the city of Houston, to the people of Houston. There are no guarantees in football — that’s not what I’m here to say. But I will guarantee this team will go out every Sunday, Monday, Thursday — whenever they ask us to play — and we’ll play our asses off for the city of Houston, I promise you that.
Washington is expected to lose Kirk Cousins in free agency next year. The team speaks highly of Colt McCoy, but he’s not its future. Coach Jay Gruden might be enamored by Allen’s upside.
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Miami has invested in cornerback recently, with Xavien Howard in the second and Cordrea Tankersley in the third in recent years. But Ward can be the feature corner the Dolphins thought Byron Maxwell would be, and he can keep their secondary a strength.
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But it was there with the 49ers, during one of the very worst seasons in their storied history, with another coach being forced to walk the plank … and, thanks to an odd chain of events, with Kaepernick proving he was neither washed up as a player nor locker room poison.
All things considered in a depth-poor NFL quarterback landscape, that’s going to get Kaepernick some interest, and he’s much easier to acquire now than he was a year ago.
Former Packers running back Ahman Green on Thursday pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges, WBAY first reported.
Green, who is due to return to court in December, was charged with felony child abuse and disorderly conduct in June stemming from an incident that involved his teenage daughter earlier that month.
Alright, so what’s going on here? The important thing to know is that you can score one point if you kick the ball out of the endzone, or are able to tackle an opponent in the endzone. In an effort to avoid this, a player may opt to perform an open-field kick, which is what you see in the video.
So, considering it’s a tied game, if either team is able to kick the ball out of the opposing endzone, they end up as winners without having to go into overtime. So that’s why you see each team punting the ball.
Although the final punt by the Bombers was a bit confusing considering how far back they were. It’s also a wonder why the Alouettes didn’t keep trying to kick since they had their opponents pinned back.
Eventually the Bombers won the game in overtime, 34-31.
When Rudolph signed this contract back in 2014, it made him one of the highest-paid tight ends in the NFL. He had the best year of his career in 2016 with 840 yards and seven scores, but that opportunity had more to do with a lack of options on the offense than his dominant play. The Vikings should have been able to sign him for about $2 million a year lower than this in 2014.
Jose Calderon and the Cleveland Cavaliers have reached an agreement on a one-year deal at the minimum on Saturday, his agency Priority Sports announced. Calderon was technically a part of last year’s Warriors team for two hours, but this signing gives him a real chance to join a title-contending team for the 2017-18 season.
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It’s just that with Ron Baker, dollars and cents and contracts are beside the point. This is Ron Baker. He is a New York Knick. Everything will be alright.
If Rose signs or flees, Ron Baker is a Knick. If Melo stays or if he goes, Ron Baker is a Knick. If David Griffin or Masai Ujiri or Spike Lee or Steve Mills or no one at all becomes the team’s new president, Ron Baker is a Knick.
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Olynyk’s per-game numbers mask his solid production — he’s just never been a featured player for Brad Stevens. Given a bigger role elsewhere, he could be a 14-8 center at relatively high efficiency given how many threes he shoots. He’s 26 (older than you’d expect from a restricted free agent) and his defense is a mixed bag. But he should probably be a starter in the NBA at his point in his career. Phoenix could be an interesting fit.
Denver traded Jusuf Nurkic and a first-round pick for the right to pay Mason Plumlee in free agency, so they’d better do so. Of course, this constitutes falling right into the sunken cost fallacy. Christian Laettner 2.0 is getting a $60-80 million offer sheet from someone; the Nuggets will have to decide what to do at that point.
One of the best feelings when watching a game has to be just sharing that experience with other people. You can watch it with friends, family, or strangers at a bar. But when something special happens, you’re all part of it. And you can do this with just a TV.
Kids Derek Wolfe Jersey But some events are more unique just because you were at the arena or stadium. The game itself doesn’t have to be a championship game or anything. In fact, a random regular or preseason game that you remember vividly could be as important to you than any title. It’s all on how you experienced and remember it.
Olympic basketball doesn’t belong on this list — but this game does, because I witnessed something iconic, and a moment I will never, ever, ever forget. I saw Vince Carter Dunk of Death over Frederic Weis in person.
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All of those numbers and that positive quantitative assessment of Wiggins came in an environment where Wiggins was the clear No. 2 option and top wing player on a fairly bad team. That’s not what he’ll be for the Timberwolves going forward.
With the trade for Jimmy Butler, Wiggins is bumped to a No. 3 option who will have the ball in his hands much less. In addition, Jeff Teague has traditionally been more ball-dominant than Rubio, who he replaces. That could also affect Wiggins’ offensive touches.
On offense and defense the new roster should take some pressure off Wiggins. The lessened quantity of responsibility should improve the quality and hopefully making him more efficient. But given that Wiggins’ value to date has largely been wrapped up in the quantity of his production, this shift may complicate further judgment!
Womens Otis Sistrunk Jersey The NBA has adjusted its schedule for the 2017-18 season in an effort to prevent key players from resting during regular season games, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. The schedule changes should also help players maintain their health.
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This was a big area of concern in the league last season, especially after the Warriors rested Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala against the Spurs in a nationally televised game in March. The Cavaliers did the same thing the very next week with Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love against the Clippers.
The schedule is set to expand by one week, pushing the start date earlier into October to allow more time off between games, according to Windhorst. That gives the league more room to space games out.
This new schedule emphasis is building off of the NBA’s growing problem with teams resting players, which makes sense from a basketball perspective but damages the business side. The NBA’s hope is that they can create a schedule that has enough built-in rest that star players that make the money in this league rarely need to sit outside of injuries. That’s why the NBA is expected to introduce rules that limit rest for star players this year.
Back in 2012, the San Antonio Spurs were fined $250,000 for resting players and doing so blatantly. Things have changed since then, and the NBA stopped policing it like that. Now the issue has finally hit a head, and hopefully the league’s new schedule can help compensate for that.
There’s always room for debate about Jordan Matthews’s value as a player, but there’s no debate he was a really good dude who will be missed in the Philadelphia Eagles locker room. JMatt was especially tight with Philadelphia’s franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz.
Ryan Mallett, Ravens: He was awful too, and he’s Baltimore’s starter while Joe Flacco is dealing with a back injury that was supposed to be healed up a long time ago. Mallett missed targets and ended his night with a pair of interceptions. John Harbaugh offered some qualified praise after the game: “I think he’s doing OK given the circumstances.”
Jamies Winston, Buccaneers: He had a good night, giving fans a taste of just what this offense is capable of after a pair of scoring drives to open the game. But he also had a very Jamies-like moment with this throw:
Jay Cutler, Dolphins: Zero f**ks were asked, and none was given. Cutler did everything he needed to do in his preseason debut, which was mostly just prove that he wasn’t overly rusty after being kinda retired. He finished 3-of-6 with 24 yards. The most encouraging sign for the Dolphins and fantasy footballers was that four of his six throws were targeted to DeVante Parker, or as Cutler dubbed him “a faster Alshon [Jeffery].”
Carson Wentz, Eagles: Even Wentz had a rough night on Thursday. He was off the mark with his throws on Philly’s first two drives, before settling into things on the third one. That one looked promising, until LeGarrette Blount fumbled to end the effort. By the way, the Eagles O-line doesn’t look so hot.
The Seattle Seahawks made their home preseason debut and had a workmanlike win over the Minnesota Vikings, with the defense holding Sam Bradford and company in check all night.
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Minnesota finally gets into the end zone right before the two-minute warning. Better late than never!
Tedric Thompson picked off Taylor Heinicke, the Vikings’ third QB to play Friday. You can tell we’re deep into a preseason game when somebody named Taylor Heinicke is playing quarterback.
After Dak Prescott’s hot start, Kellen Moore came in and quickly cooled things off. He was stripped by Barkevious Mingo, and Lavar Edwards took the football back to the house for six.
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Moore completed just 10 of 21 passes in the game. Third-string rookie Cooper Rush entered later and threw two touchdowns.
Noah Brown — who blindsided us with arguably the best catch in college football last season — blindsided Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez, who was down on the field for a solid minute.